4 Steps to Immediately Take Following a Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is a frightening experience. If you or a loved gets into an auto accident, it is important to take the right steps in order to protect your legal rights. Of course, the first thing that should be done is get whatever medical treatment is necessary for yourself, your passengers, and anyone who is in the other vehicles. Once you have confirmed that everyone is physically ok, start walking through the following steps as soon as possible.

Call the Police

Many people worry about calling the police because they don’t want a ticket or other problems. The fact is, however, that having a police report will make dealing with your insurance company much easier, and will also be necessary for working through potential lawsuits. Regardless of what the other driver says they want to do, you should always call 911 and have the police come out to investigate the scene.

Gather Information from Everyone in the Area

You are going to want to exchange information with the driver of other the other vehicle or vehicles in the accident. This should include names, phone numbers, insurance information, and anything else that you can think of. While most people know that this is important, it is also a good idea to get the name and number of anyone who may have witnessed the accident if possible. While you won’t need that information in every situation, it is helpful to have it available should it become necessary.

Take Pictures

If you end up having to go to court against the insurance company or another party, it will be very helpful to have as much evidence as possible. One of the best types of evidence is going to come from taking pictures. Fortunately, almost everyone carries a nice camera in their pocket at all times (in the form of a smartphone). Take pictures of the damage to each vehicle, any skid marks on the pavement, any injuries you experienced, and anything else that may seem relevant at the time.

Talk to an Accident Attorney

It is almost impossible for most people to determine whether they have a good legal case or not. The only way to really understand your rights is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Please contact us to schedule a consultation and learn about your options. You can come to our office, or we can come to the hospital or other location to meet with you.

Written by John M. Totten

John M. Totten

John's office is in Athens, Alabama, where he has helped thousands of people in North Alabama with everything from family law issues, to catastrophic injury and death cases, to criminal defense.